Reviews and Problems with Celestron SkyMaster 8x56
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SkyMaster DX 8x56: Excellent Binocular
Vincent, B&H Photo
9 September 2013
Excerpt: The SkyMaster DX 8x56 is outstanding for handheld astronomical viewing. The large objectives bring in a lot of light, and the low magnification keeps shakiness to a minimum (of course, bracing the binocular or viewing from a reclined position is best). The optics are clear and sharp, and the binocular feels solid and well constructed. My local astronomy shop scored huge points with me by recommending this binocular.
Pros: Optical Quality, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Waterproof, Works Well With Glasses
Excerpt: Purchased these binoculars for a camping and trip and was not disappointed in any way. Daytime views were sharp with excellent contrast even on gray cloudy days. Night view of the stars were breathtaking as well. They are a bit heavy for long term use and will tire your arms a bit but then again I like a little heft in my optics - reminds me there's real glass there. [...] I would recommend these binoculars and will return for future purchases.
Pros: Close Focus, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Waterproof
Excerpt: These binoculars are fantastic! We enjoy being outside often so we've used them for wildlife viewing. Have tried using them for stargazing and although they are good for that, disappointed that they did not come with the tripod mount as advertised, hence the 3 stars.
Excerpt: Best Value! The Celestron 8X56 Ultima DX Binoculars are the best piece of equipment an amateur astronomer can own. I've owned a few binos and must say these are my favorites. Light, sharp and bright. Daytime or nighttime, Take them everywhere, just the right size for observing and great for every day use too. Being waterproof and fog proof just adds more value!
Pros: Bright, High contrast, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Very Sharp, Works Well With Glasses
Summary: Tried this outside at night in a city and despite too much light around the street I could see a lot of stars. Also shows very bright and sharp views of backyard birds. Easy to focus and has a wide field of view. Big and somewhat awkward to carry but does not weigh too much. The rubber eyecups are thick-walled and so come in contact or press on the nose I found. Wish they were thinner and more flexible. Seems to be well built, hope it lasts.